$8.5 million donated to Qld LNP - with $40,000 from Clive
THE LNP's popularity at the polls at the federal election in September is reflected in the $8.5 million in donations the state party received in Queensland alone in the first half of this year.
The latest report from the Electoral Commission of Queensland on political party funding shows the LNP enjoyed some hefty contributions from the agricultural sector, oil and gas companies and property groups.
Interestingly, almost hidden among the names is one Professor Clive Palmer, who made more than $40,000 in donations in June.
Of course Mr Palmer reportedly quit the party in 2012 after a falling out with Premier Campbell Newman, and formed the Palmer United Party, which found much success at the federal poll.
The Queensland Labor Party received $4.7 million in gifts and donations with a large percentage coming from unions while the state's Greens pocketed just $168,000 most of that from private benefactors.
There was $160,000 for the Katter Party courtesy of seven pharmacy groups and $70,000 from the Sporting Shooters of Australia.